Liverpool rocked by second resignation just hours after sporting director quits

Liverpool have been rocked by a second major resignation just hours after their sporting director announced his departure.

First, the Reds' sporting director Julian Ward revealed he'll be leaving Anfield at the end of the season. His exit comes as a surprise as he will have only spent one full term in the role when it ends next summer.

Ward initially joined the Kop outfit in 2012 from Manchester City, but was slowly eased into the position under the tutelage of acclaimed transfer guru Michael Edwards, who previously occupied the role before leaving last November.

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And now the Reds will have to find two replacements in their hierarchy, as the club's director of research, Ian Graham, declared he'll also be leaving shortly after Ward did, The Athletic reported. The publication revealed Graham initially handed in his notice in June, but will leave along with Ward after the season's climax in May, to give the Reds ample time to find a replacement.

Dr Graham arrived on Merseyside in 2012, after leaving a company named Decision Technology who also worked with Liverpool's director of football Damien Comolli at Tottenham, it was added. Graham was another student of Edwards and worked alongside him to enhance Liverpool's data department, which predominantly focused on recruitment and player analysis.

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Graham and Ward's departures mark an end of an era at Liverpool who are also on the hunt for new owners after being put up for sale by the Fenway Sports Group. The conglomerate are poised to make a whopping £3.7billion profit if they manage to sell the Reds at the price they've set.

American John Henry brought the Reds for £300m in 2010, and hopes to rake in around £4bn for the club. The Reds are the second Prem team whose American owners want shot of, following Man United's owners, the Glazers, announcement that they're willing to sell the Red Devils for the right price.

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